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Not all projects turn out as planned for the Rural Studio and its clients. A resident of Akron, Alabama had offered to donate private land as the location for a Boys & Girls Club. Using the brick shell of a former grocery store that stood there, students designed and built a fantastic structure with a vaulted shed roof and an open floor plan.

I had seen all the lovely images by Timothy Hursley of kids and community hanging out in preparation for recreation. Seven years later, I learned that legal squabbles between the town and the owner resulted in an impasse. The structure has yet to be used for its intended purpose, but it currently claims a space for one artist who hand-sets print for posters and books.

You could say that Amos Kennedy is part of this sustainability and recycling movement going on. He moves to rural Alabama, makes use of a building, and salvages old Heidelberg presses for commercial and personal enterprises. His is an ethic of recycling — not for the sake of landfills but for the sake of culture and authenticity and a link to the past.

For the sake of sensitivity of others, I redacted the first word of a poster behind Amos’ head (see unedited version).

(Photo: Trent Gilliss)


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What an impressive discovery - Amos Kennedy! I found out about your print-art and films this morning after listening to a radio commentary at PBS radio on here in New York City. I look forward to learning more about you and your work. Keep up the good work.